Sustainable Energy Minor – U of T Sustainability Scholar

The Sustainable Energy Minor is intended for students interested in learning more about energy, its sustainable use, energy demand management, and the public policy context in which energy use and production are regulated.

Our courses reach all areas of energy use, production, distribution, transmission, storage, and development. This includes energy use and production for transportation, space cooling and heating demands; electrical production, energy distribution and storage; and extends to energy conservation, price, greenhouse gas production and control, and aspects of public policy.

Students who complete the requirements of the Sustainable Energy Minor are considered University of Toronto Sustainability Scholars.

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With the exception of students registered in Engineering Science's Energy Systems Major, all Engineering undergraduates are eligible to pursue the Sustainable Energy Minor.

Sustainable Energy Minor enrolment form.


Students in the Sustainable Energy Minor must successfully complete a minimum of six (6) one-semester courses including mandatory and elective courses. Of the four (4) electives students may choose, at least two must be from the advanced category. In all cases, students must ensure they meet the requirements of their chosen Engineering degree program or option.

1. Mandatory:

  • CIV300H1F/S: Terrestrial Energy Systems

2. Choose one of:

  • APS305H1S: Energy Policy (CS)
  • ENV350H1F: Energy Policy & Environment (HSS)

3. Select four electives from the following courses (two must be at the Advanced Level courses):

Introductory Course   Advanced Courses
CME259H1S / APS 301H1F: Technology in Society & the Biosphere I (HSS)

CHE260H1F: Thermodynamics & Heat Transfer

CHE323H1F: Engineering Thermodynamics

CHE460H1S: Environmental Pathways & Impact Assessment

CHE467H1F: Environmental Engineering

CIV440H1S: Environmental Impact & Risk Assessment

CIV375H1F: Building Science

ECE313H1F: Energy Systems & Distributed Energy

ECE314H1F: Fundamentals of Electrical Energy Systems

ECE349H1F: Introduction to Energy Systems

FOR310H1S: Bioenergy from Sustainable Forest Management

GGR347H1F: Efficient Use of Energy

GGR348H1S: Carbon-Free Energy

MIE311H1F: Thermal Energy Conversion

MIE313H1S: Heat & Mass Transfer

MSE355H1S: Materials Production

JPE395H1 (formerly PHY395H1): Physics of the Earth

AER507H1F: Introduction to Fusion Energy

APS510H1F: Innovative Technologies & Organizations in Global Energy Systems (CS)

APS530H1S: Appropriate Technology & Design for Global Development

CHE451H1: Petroleum Processing

CHE469H1: Fuel Cells &  Electrochemical Conversion Devices

CHE566H1F: Elements of Nuclear Engineering

CHE568H1S: Nuclear Engineering

CIV501H1F: Building Energy Performance Simulation

CIV531H1F: Transport: Planning

CIV576H1S: Sustainable Buildings

CIV577H1S: Infrastructure for Sustainable Cities

ECE463H1S: Electric Drives

ECE520H: Power Electronics

ECE526H1S: Power System Protection & Automation

FOR425H1S: Bioenergy & Biorefinery Technology

MIE407H1F: Nuclear Reactor Theory and Design

MIE408H1S: Thermal & Machine Design of Nuclear Power Reactors

MIE507H1S: Heating, Ventilating & Air Conditioning (HVAC) Fundamentals

MIE515H1F: Alternative Energy Systems

MIE516H1F: Combustion & Fuels

MIE517H1S: Fuel Cell Systems

MIE550H1S: Advanced Momentum, Heat and Mass Transfer

MSE458H1S: Nanotechnology in Alternate Energy Systems

Thesis or Design Project with approval of the Director of the Minor